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America’s Top 5 Comfort Foods

A simple question was the premise for this late January exploration: Do our comfort food preferences change with the seasons? This is by no means a scientific analysis. We gathered our data by reading various articles, from Reader’s Digest to foodies’ blogs to the food segment of various national newspapers, and went with a gut… Continue reading America’s Top 5 Comfort Foods

Food Facts & Lore

You Say Shepherd’s Pie; I Say China Pie

Most shepherds probably never tasted shepherd’s pie; at least not while on the job. The reason for this is purely practical. Shepherds spent days miles away from the landowner’s cottage. The dish’s ingredients clearly did not lend themselves to carrying out on long, overnight hikes. We can easily infer from its name and ingredients that… Continue reading You Say Shepherd’s Pie; I Say China Pie

Fricassee of Words

Fricassée of Words – Something Smells Fishy

First, we must consider the process responsible for the characteristic odor emanating from fish that is not as fresh as it should be. Other than a distinctive saline aroma for fish pulled from ocean and estuaries, or an earthy, some might say algae-like smell for soft-water fish, if it’s fresh, it don’t smell much! Air… Continue reading Fricassée of Words – Something Smells Fishy